Tag Archives: Pieces of History

Seward’s time-traveling folly

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. One hundred forty three years ago today, the people of Alaska went to bed under the Russian flag, and awoke under the Stars and Stripes. … Continue reading

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Where was the Navy born?

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. Tomorrow there will be a spirited debate at the USS Constitution Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. The Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero, will be … Continue reading

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Thursday’s Photo Caption Contest

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. The results are in! Our guest judge Tim Walch, director of the Hoover Presidential Library in Iowa, decided that Shannon’s caption takes the prize. “This a wonderful, unexpected, quirky … Continue reading

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The orphan called Tokyo Rose

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. The story of Tokyo Rose is the stuff of legends—an English-speaking Japanese woman who seduced the airwaves of the South Pacific with tales of Japanese … Continue reading

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Beer = mc2

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. In 1885, Munich’s Oktoberfest was celebrated under the glow of the electric light for the first time. Who was responsible for that feat? None other … Continue reading

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The price of freedom? About a $1.05

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. They say you can’t put a price on freedom, but you can put a price on savings bonds! Watch this compilation of famous celebrities plugging … Continue reading

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Before there was broadband, there was a beard

Long before the push to make high-speed Internet available across America, Samuel Morse was tap-tap-tapping information across America. By 1838, his telegraph machine was using a dot-and-dash system to send messages of up to 10 words a minute. He even … Continue reading

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Thursday’s Photo Caption Contest

This week’s winner is PaulO, who won us over with his creepy and vaguely dystopian caption “I am product # 751600.” He wins 30% off a numbered product of his choosing at our eStore. And if you think this tube is … Continue reading

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Escape and Evasion files at the National Archives

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. Escape and evasion files are firsthand accounts of a military personnel’s escape from behind enemy lines. In World War II, thousands of U.S. troops crashed … Continue reading

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Fillmore, Utah. Population 2,150

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. Between negotiating the Compromise of 1850, stymieing southern attempts to turn Cuba into a state, protecting Hawaii from French interests, and working to open up … Continue reading

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